2025 TEACHER PLANNERS NOW AVAILABLE ON PREORDER. PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE FOR 2024 PLANNERS.Student DiariesCustom Diaries

Industry Insights: More than half of school leaders report threats of violence in schools. One in four teachers feel unsafe in their classrooms

Industry Insights: More than half of school leaders report threats of violence in schools. One in four teachers feel unsafe in their classrooms

According to the Australian Catholic University’s annual Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety, and Wellbeing Survey released in 2024, a staggering 53.9% of school leaders reported threats of violence. That is an alarming 16.8% increase since the 2022 survey.

Of those reporting physical violence, a staggering 96.3 per cent was at the hands of students. Offensive behaviours towards principals escalated in 2023, with 48 per cent subjected to physical violence.

Co-Lead Investigator of the ACU survey, Professor Herb Marsh believes that despite a consistent spike in violence and rising concerns for the safety of educators, school leaders showed surprisingly high levels of resilience.

This survey also investigated the causes and effects on mental health and quality of life while in the teaching profession.

You can explore the ACU survey’s findings here

Key recommendations in the ACU report include:

  • Addressing inappropriate behaviour from parents/caregivers to maintain a safe and conductive learning environment.
  • Calling on the Education Ministers Meeting and sectoral leaders in all states and territories to prioritise support for school leaders
  • Empowering school leaders with decision-making autonomy and providing dedicated resources for reducing unnecessary tasks, building on concerns highlighted by the Productivity Commission

Meanwhile, the Monash University Faculty of Education reported that 25.5% of teachers feel unsafe at work, primarily due to aggressive, violent, and threatening behaviour from students. This figure has increased by 5.6% over three years.

The Australian Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Work Survey, also conducted by Monash University, found that only one in three teachers would recommend the teaching profession.

You can explore the Monash University survey’s findings here

Key recommendations in the Monash University report include:

  • Reducing Educator workload
  • Higher expectations of students and parents
  • Extra staff/smaller classes
  • Reduced administrative work.

The Createl Team are here to help teachers to flourish in and out of the classroom, and so we would love to know your thoughts on this topic.

Comment your experiences below. We want to better understand how we can help adapt our products to help you to plan, inspire, and flourish.

Character Education for the Classroom. A flexible, multi-platform program to help your students build character and resilience.

Resources:

https://www.healthandwellbeing.org/reports/AU/2022_ACU_Principals_HWB_Final_Report.pdf

https://www.monash.edu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/3061169/Teachers-Perceptions-of-their-Work-2022.pdf

Share this post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *